Chris Schluep
Chris Schluep
Chris spent more than a dozen years editing books in New York before moving west. He reads all the time, but there are certainly worse ways to make a living. Chris lives in Seattle with his wife, his two sons, and a cat named Little. Aside from reading, he enjoys fishing, writing, and cooking.

Recent posts by Chris

Chast

Announcing the NBCC Award Winners

Marilynne Robinson's Lila has won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It is the third book in a trilogy that started with her novel Gilead, which won the NBCC Award for fiction in 2005.

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Magic

Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

Author Terry Pratchett, the best-selling fantasy writer, has died at the age of 66. Despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago, Pratchett continued to write and publish--his latest is A Blink on the Screen, a collection of short fiction that will be published next week.

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Mandel

Announcing the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

The finalists for the 35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award have been announced, and the novels come from big and small publishers alike. Three are from publishing behemoth Penguin Random House (Prayers for the Stolen, Station Eleven, and Dept. of Speculation), and two are from much smaller presses (Song of the Shank and Preparation for the Next Life).

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Bettyville

Amazon's Best Books of March: Part One

In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?"

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Ghettosidecover

"The Monster is Multi-faceted, Ancient, and Complex" - Author Jill Leovy on "Ghettoside"

To call Ghettoside an "important" book somehow misses the point (although it is an important book)--Ghettoside is a great book. Read our interview with Los Angeles Time reporter Jill Leovy.

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Zillow

"Zillow Talk" - What are the New Rules of Real Estate?

I recently met with Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries of Zillow. They are the authors of Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate, and they also happen to be Chief Economist (Stan) and CEO (Spencer) of the company. The book hit the New York Times bestseller list

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Seehowsmall

"I Wanted to Push This Some" - Scott Blackwood on His Novel "See How Small"

Scott Blackwood's novel See How Small was our spotlight pick for January's Best Books of the Month. The story is built around a real-life, unsolved murder that happened in Austin, Texas, but the book is not a straightforward murder/mystery. Blackwood is an extremely talented, forward-looking writer, and there is no neat bow at the end of See How Small.

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Elliot

Ben Fountain Reviews Elliot Ackerman's "Green on Blue"

A few years ago, Ben Fountain helped to start a phenomenon. His excellent novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was one of the first novels to explore the war in Iraq through literature. Since then, a drumbeat of great novels about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has followed, many of them written by soldiers from those wars.

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Tyler

Amazon's Best Books of February: Part Two

Last week I covered our first five picks for the Best Books of February. It was a pretty serious top 5, running the gamut between war, kidnapping by a supreme leader, and urban violence, with one Funny Girl thrown in as a change of pace. The remaining picks are, for the most part, a little more plain fun.

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"I've Never Been Happier to Tell You About a Book" - Cynthia Bond's "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey has done so much to bring books and readers together, but she seems particularly excited about this latest pick. The novel is a debut entitled Ruby, written by Cynthia Bond. Here, Oprah tells Amazon readers why she picked it:

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